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Better Living Design in Storage

Full-length storage cabinets allow easy access for all.

We're always looking for new ways to save space and add some breathing room to our home. Fortunately, many of the concepts of Better Living Design apply to home organization and storage. Storage systems can be built to adapt and adjust to changing lifestyles, ages and abilities. Remember that many of these adaptations are suitable for children's rooms as well.

Home Organization for Accessibility

Providing ease of use for all occupants of the home is one of the major tenets of Better Living Design. To achieve this, whether in the kitchen, bath, laundry room or closet:

  • Adapt cabinetry, shelves and doors to right- and left-handed users.
  • Construct the components to be accessible from a seated or standing position.
  • Keep the elements simple. Everyone should find them easy to open and reach across with minimal effort.
  • Accommodate differences in hand size and grip strength.

Accessible Closets

Accessible Shelving in Closets

Place clothing rods and shelves at eye level for easy viewing and access by wheelchair. By using adjustable-height closet components, you can change the configuration as needed. The best measurements are from 3' to 5'5" high. Pull-down closet rods can also aid in accessibility.

Use lever-style or d-shaped door handles for easy opening.

Accessible Cabinets

Handles that are d-shaped are easier for users with limited hand strength.

Incorporate easy-to-handle cabinet hardware. Handles that are d-shaped are easier for users with limited hand strength.

For pantries, full-length shelves allow access for wheelchair users and maximize your storage space. Lazy Susan's in corner cabinets will also make the best use of available storage area and allow simpler access to items. Use pullout shelves wherever possible.